Your CV is what will get you your next interview which could lead to your next job. It is therefore very important that it is well written and conveys your qualifications well.
Your CV is what shows the potential employer that you are great fit for the position and company as opposed to the other candidates.
No matter what job you are applying for there are things that should always be in your CV that will help boost your chances of getting the job.
Things You Should Always Include In Your CV
1. Your Contact Details
This is a very important part of your CV you cannot send a CV without including ways the employer can contact you in case you get the job.
You do not want to miss out on an interview opportunity because you gave the wrong contact details or none at all.
All the contacts you put in your CV should be working so that if the employer want to contact you for an interview they can easily get a hold of you.
The details you need to put in the CV are your Name as they appear on your ID, Telephone Number (preferably 2) and your Email Address.
2. Personal Statement
According to Rebecca Nyawira, a CV Writing expert at Corporate Staffing Services, a leading HR firm, this is a brief overview of who you are in terms of profession, your experience that is what you have done and what you are looking for.
I am an accounting professional with a Degree in Commerce from ABC University, I have acquired strong leadership from my 1 year and 4 months experience working in the accounting department. I also possess comprehensive knowledge in the latest accounting software which is necessary in making daily operations more effective. Currently, I am seeking for a position in a competitive firm.
3. Your employment history
This is the most important part when it comes to writing a CV. Your work experience should include the job title, name of the organization, the specific duration you worked there and relevant duties.
When writing your work experience, you need to start with the most recent job. Keep in mind that the jobs you list here need to be relevant to the position you are applying for now.
You can even go further and add your accomplishments in the said positions and the impact it had. You can list about 2-3.
4. Your education and qualifications
Just like your work history, always start with the most recent certificate you got. Your CV should not have your primary school education details as this is not relevant. Remember the employer doesn’t want to know what units you studied in university or what grade you got in each.
Your high school grade doesn’t really matter especially if you have a lot of work experience. However if you have very little experience this might be helpful.
This is not the place to put your certification if you have any extra ones, especially if they are not relevant to the position. You can create a small subsection where you briefly mention them.
5. Other skills, experience and achievements
When you are writing your CV, this is where you can put all your other training and experience that are not so relevant to the job but would make you look good to the employer.
For example, if you have a certificate from training you underwent like First Aid, Driving, languages etc.
You can also include things like leadership training if you have undergone any. Just ensure that your CV does not become too long.
A CV is very important to your job search success and as such it should be taken seriously.
If you feel that you cannot write a good CV then you should get a professional to help you out. Poorly written CV’s rarely get looked.